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Flattery

  Cape Flattery   Eagles circle, land on a cedar. Their chirping punctuates the sound of jade-colored water from Japan slurping at mossy rocks below.   My step bounces on roots and spongy sphagnum moss. A gulp of salty air fills my lungs. Wind-twisted branches block my view of Tatoosh Island, lonely guardian of the north…

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The Okanogan

Almost 25 years ago, just after I moved to Seattle, I went to a slideshow at REI (remember slideshows?) about interesting hikes in Washington. Someone showed slides of North Cascades National Park—rugged mountain territory with jagged peaks and year-round snow-covered peaks, and the Okanogan beyond it–Lodge Pole pine country with sparse undergrowth and dusty earth.…

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Home, This Must Be the Place

  Home – is where I want to be but I guess I’m already there.…if someone asks, this where I’ll be… Talking Heads, This Must Be the Place (Naïve Melody)   When my sister asked me if I wanted to go on a Puget Sound cruise I laughed. “I live here, why would I do…

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Home of the gods

The trees are bigger and the mountains jaggedier here. The ferns are larger and the green moss greener–something out of a dinosaur age really. This is a different place, a home to Sasquatch and marmots. The home of Mt. Olympus and other peaks which I can see from Seattle, always offering solace that there is…

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Closed

The last time that Congress shut down the government I headed to the coast–to the Olympic National Park. It was Thanksgiving weekend 1995. I went with E, the guy I was seeing at the time. We rented a dingy hotel room in Forks because it was past camping season. This was before Twilight fame, when…